Hi-Fi Choice

Hi-Fi Choice  |  Oct 12, 2015  |  0 comments
Ruark’s R4 Integrated Music System (IMS) incorporates a CD player, aptX Bluetooth connectivity, DAB/DAB+/FM tuners with a 2. 1 speaker system. The third-generation R4 IMS looks familiar but, says Ruark, it has a sleeker profile, an OLED display, RotoDial controller and an ergonomically designed remote. The updated slot-loading CD mechanism provides CD text info with compatible discs, and the rear panel has a USB playback port for MP3, AAC and WMA files (which also doubles as a mobile charge port) along with optical digital and RCA analogue inputs.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Oct 09, 2015  |  0 comments
The newly launched TX-8150 and TX-8130 stereo receivers from Onkyo offer 2x 135W and 110Wper channel respectively. Touted as hi-res network receivers, they both use a 32-bit/384kHz DAC to decode any digital two-channel source, be it wireless (TX-8150) or wired (TX-8130), including 24-bit/192kHz FLAC or DSD 5. 6MHz music files over a home network. Deezer, TuneIn, and Spotify Connect streaming services are onboard with song selection available via a free remote app that can integrate with music libraries stored on PC or media server to control playback.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Oct 08, 2015  |  0 comments
Announced at the IFA Show in Berlin, Sony’s new CAS-1 Compact Audio System comes with support for 24-bit/192kHz hi-res and DSD 2. 8MHz audio. We’re told it has independent amplifier sections – one to drive the partnering speakers using Sony’s proprietary S-Master HX high-resolution audio amplifier, while the other drives the headphone output section and has a dedicated adjustable gain control to accommodate different headphone impedances. Connectivity includes the facility to attach your smartphone via Sony’s SongPal app and stream your music using LDAC-supported Bluetooth and NFC.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Oct 07, 2015  |  0 comments
The Elixir amplifier from Heed is the first model to kick start a new range that’s aimed at music lovers seeking slimline yet flexible component solutions at a reasonable price. An integrated amplifier with a built-in MM phono stage and Class A headphone amp, it claims 50W per channel output (into 8ohm), and is flexible enough to drive a wide range of loudspeakers, says Heed. Connectivity includes four stereo RCA line-level inputs, a MM phono input and stereo preamp output. The flexible specification is designed, says Heed, to be simple for hi-fi newcomers but is flexible enough to expand your system.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Oct 06, 2015  |  0 comments
Audiolab’s 8200CD CD player won a well-deserved Recommended badge back in HFC 340, and now its long-awaited successor, the 8300CD, spearheads the all-new 8300 Series, which also includes the 8300A – a completely redesigned update of its original integrated amp. Available in silver or black, the 8300CD is built around the Sabre32 9018 DAC which, it’s claimed, reduces jitter to the levels expected from a much more expensive player. It processes data up to 32-bit/384kHz via USB, and also accepts DSD files, while a full range of inputs and outputs have been retained from the original models, along with an AES/EBU digital input and XLR digital output. The 8300A has a dual-mono power amplifier section delivering 75W into 8ohm and is powered by a 300VA toroidal transformer.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Oct 05, 2015  |  0 comments
The new compact OTTAVA SC-C500 system from Technics combines an all-in-one network CD stereo amplifier and speakers. It’s perfectly suited to homes with limited space, and delivers an audio experience more typically associated with larger amps, or so Technics claims. Digital input formats include PCM (24-bit/96kHz); FLAC, WAV, AIFF, ALAC (24-bit/192kHz); MP3, WMA; AAC and DSD (2. 8MHz, 5.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Oct 02, 2015  |  0 comments
Want to find a way of getting your music distributed around the home without going down the Sonos (or the like) route, yet desire the same kind of multi-room integration using more traditional audio components? Yamaha's MusicCast range of products has arrived with the aim of doing just this. With its own multi-room standard integratedinto its new series of hi-fi components, soundbars and AV receivers, it allows audio to be shared over wired and wireless networks as well as using Bluetooth and AirPlay through connected devices. If the MusicCast name sounds familiar, it's because it is the monicker (but not the tech) that was also given to the brand's hard-disk-based system launched in 2003. With 23 MusicCast products announced – including the MCR-N670D micro system (£700) pictured – there looks to be plenty of component options to enable customers to quickly establish a multi-room setup and share any input on any MusicCast device with any other around the home.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Oct 01, 2015  |  0 comments
Gibson Innovations, part of Gibson Brands, best known for its musical instruments, consumer electronics and audio, has announced details of its new headphones, called Trainer. The company's first foray into the headphone market has been developed in partnership with Usain Bol and incorporates a range of features specifically designed for fitness enthusiasts. The headphones offer what Gibson describes as: "unparalleled sound quality with practical functionality, culminating in the ultimate sport headphone" and are available in black or white. The wireless headphones switch between an active mode and a lifestyle mode.
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Sep 30, 2015  |  0 comments
Schumann’s rarely recorded Das Paradies und die Peri featuring a superb lineup of soloists is set to becomeSir Simon Rattle's debut recording on LSO Live with the release of this special boxset containing two SACDs and a Pure Audio Blu-ray disc. Well known as a champion of this rarely heard work, this is the first audio recording Rattle has made of Schumann’s great oratorio. As Sir Simon Rattle says: "It’s the great masterpiece you’ve never heard, and there aren’t many of those now. .
Hi-Fi Choice  |  Sep 29, 2015  |  1 comments
Japanese manufacturerTEAC has introduced a new entry-level, belt-drive turntable that's perfect for hi-fi fans on a budget or those that are looking to rekindle their love affair with vinyl without breaking the bank. The TN-200 comes equipped with a built-in MM (Moving Magnet) phono stage with USB output (for transefering music to PC or Mac), phono and line outputs, while a high-performance MM cartridge is also included. The aluminum die-cast platter boasts a dense composite wood construction for better vibration and resonance control along with anti-skating design and twin speed control(33/45rpm). The belt drive motor on the TN-200 reduces vibration for sweeter, more accurate sound than DJ direct-drive turntables, according to TEAC, while the aluminum die-cast platter and anti-skating system are claimed to provide a solid foundation for great-sounding playback.